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First Ultra - I failed :-(

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 17:44

If the top of your foot and ankle hurts including the lower part of the shin DON'T go on the treadmill on an incline!!

Also diet.  Get used to eating 'ordinary' food on the run.

+1 about everything LNandB says

First Ultra - I failed :-(

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 02:33

Hi, Muzza2.  Looks like you had a tough time out there but glad it hasn't put you off. Was that the 110K route you were attempting?  That's a very serious distance in mountain country.

Sounds like you are building your distances up far too quickly, in which case you are risking getting injured and possibly a little demoralised.  I think a more steady approach might be called for!

For training you need to be outside and the best way is probably to enter trail events starting with shorter distances such as marathon or 30-35 e.g. Sussex Coast (Endurancelife Mar 2016?) might be a local one or you need to be prepared to travel.

Don't know about gym work but it is good to have a strong core so I recommend Pilates.

That injury sounds like an inflamed tendon on the top of your foot (extensor tendonitis).  Usually due to overuse or sudden increase in running (especially uphill) but can be due simply to having you shoes tied up too tightly.  Ice and rest, or very low stress activity (with no uphills!)  A useful stretch is heel raises off a step (but not heel drops).

I'd avoid the treadmill, especially on an incline - likely to make this injury worse.


Let us know how you get on.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 02:01

btw I've got a friend with a place going for SNOD.  Not sure how exchanges are done though.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 02:00

Talking about brutal I did the Midnight Mountain Marathon on Saturday evening.  I rank it the second toughest of the ones I've done (Exmoor Coastal being the toughest).

The first half (?!) involved ascents of Craig y Fan Ddu, Fan y Big, Cribyn, and the big one Pen y Fan.  Freezing wind and clag on the top at about 2100.

It was all downhill from then on in more ways than one.  

I was complimented afterwards on the speed I was doing over rough ground down the Roman Road but once in the forestry on the way back to Talybont it was very hard to keep going.  I think it was only the compulsory glowsticks on runners ahead that gave me something to aim at and kept me moving forwards with alternate speed hiking and shuffling.  Avoided the midnight cutoff by 29 minutes, for a 6:01 finish.

How the winner managed to get round in 3:17 defies belief.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 02:50

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:27

Welcome back, jason.  You've had quite a long lay off, or perhaps had nothing encouraging to report.

Looks like one way or another we are all on target for SNOD.  I've got a marathon and three ultras before then.  Although not training very well and not particularly fit I have lost about a stone since Christmas which really does make a big difference!


Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 00:33

panad - what have you done posting that link when I am supposed to be marking exam papers!  Just as well they don't run at night - unlike The Spine - or else I would be in trouble.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 00:18

Hi legend.

Road shoes it is.  

Hard to get coverage of the final off road section for TV. It's just over a mile long,  It starts off as a forestry track, gradually getting more rocky up to to Bwlch-y-groes where you will feel the full force of the stair-rod, horizontal rain with bits of ice in it, before a steep, grassy descent which gets a bit slippery in the wet.

The other section is about mile 6, lasting for about a mile and a half.  A wonderful downhill trail where you can really open up.

We haven't has snow yet, McHilly, but I expect there's a first time.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 23:32

Which one's that, FR?

Still up to your antics then, brer?

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 03:30

Training not too hot at the moment.  I seem to have an achilles tendon problem.  I don't want that again!!  (Other foot this time.)

Got an evening marathon in the Brecon Beacons next Saturday so that will be kill or cure.

Looking forward to it a lot.


Your running is going well, FR.  Are you sub 3:30 for the marathon now?

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